verb ex·as·per·ate \ig-ˈzas-pə-ˌrāt\

: to make (someone) very angry or annoyed


Full Definition of EXASPERATE

transitive verb
a :  to excite the anger of :  enrage
b :  to cause irritation or annoyance to
obsolete :  to make more grievous :  aggravate
ex·as·per·at·ed·ly adverb
ex·as·per·at·ing·ly \-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of EXASPERATE

  1. The criticism of his latest movie is sure to exasperate his admirers.
  2. We were exasperated by the delays.


Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare, from ex- + asper rough — more at asperity
First Known Use: 1534

Synonym Discussion of EXASPERATE

irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, rile, peeve mean to excite a feeling of anger or annoyance. irritate implies an often gradual arousing of angry feelings that may range from mere impatience to rage <constant nagging that irritated me greatly>. exasperate suggests galling annoyance and the arousing of extreme impatience <his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions>. nettle suggests a sharp but passing annoyance or stinging <your pompous attitude nettled several people>. provoke implies an arousing of strong annoyance that may excite to action <remarks made solely to provoke her>. rile implies inducing an angry or resentful agitation <the new work schedules riled the employees>. peeve suggests arousing fretful often petty or querulous irritation <a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie>.

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adjective ex·as·per·ate \-p(ə-)rət\

Definition of EXASPERATE

:  irritated or annoyed especially to the point of injudicious action :  exasperated
:  roughened with irregular prickles or elevations <exasperate seed coats>

First Known Use of EXASPERATE

EXASPERATEDLY Defined for Kids


verb ex·as·per·ate \ig-ˈza-spə-ˌrāt\

Definition of EXASPERATE for Kids

:  to make angry


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